art quiz Sept 11th

edouard_leon_cortes_e1398_la_route_apres_la_pluie_wm_small.jpg La route après la pluie
 Translate the  title by Edouard  Leon Cortes

2  Who is sporting this moustache?

3    What do you get if you mix Red and Black paint?
4  Who did the art work for this famous bear?
5  What is the most famous piece of  Byzantine  architecture ?
6   Which  French artist did the Turban?
Which modern artist did this best friends? if you viewed Whitewall email , I sent you have it.
                                             8  Which graffiti artist did this Girl with balloon?   
9Merlin-Thomas-Malory-pen-and-ink-drawing-edition-Aubrey.jpg What type of medium is used  to produce this very Spooky Merlin?
10giant father xmas blacklers.jpgAre you able to remember this Giant Father Christmas ?  if so Where was it located in Liverpool city centre?

WAMOT- 30 walkers

Today we had thirty walkers join the Walk A Mile or Two walk.  The group was started to help  members get back into walking.  However, regular walkers have joined the group for the social aspect of being able to have a good natter whilst enjoying a short walk.  Faced with such a large group and walkers of different abilities we decided to walk along the canal towards the swing bridge at the Bootle Arms and back in small groups.  The more experienced walkers taking the lead.  A special mention has to go to Shelia and Keith , it was their first walk and they managed 2 miles.  Positive feedback was received  and members enjoyed being able to walk at their own pace.  We have made a good start to our challenge of walking 1000 miles in September.  The group have walked over 261 miles this week.  If we keep this pace up we will reach our target of 1000 miles .

We will walk along the canal again next week in the other direction taking the same approach as we did this week whereby the more experienced walkers will be able to stride out and support will be given to the members that want to go at a slower pace.

In October we are hoping to be able to offer walks of different lengths around Lydiate.

Art Quiz September 4th 2020

Laurence Holfencenr.jpgLaurence Holofcener’s sculptures of whom?
2   What are Easter Island Sculptured Heads called by the Rapa Nui people?
gustav-klimt-background.jpg3    Which artist painted this background<
  •  Egon Schiele
  •  Alfred Kubin
  •  Gustav Klimt
  •  Friedensreich Hundertwasser
        4        What Dynasty is this vase from?chriedu-2 vase.jpg
5           What is the name of the cross dressing British artist?
lotus-ganesha-sue-halstenberg.jpg6     This God Ganesha is from which culture?
7      Who always left his mark in form of a wooden mouse? and what was his nickname?
8      Who created The Thinker in stone?
9     Which artist won the 2007 Turner Prize with State Britain?
 10    Who was the architect for Liverpool Catholic Cathedral?

Ramblers tackle the Beacon Loop

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19 Ramblers met at Beacon Country Park in Upholland this morning to tackle the Beacon Loop, a circular walk of just under 10 miles taking in Roby Mill, Dalton. Appley Bridge, and Ashurst Beacon. After the overnight rain we set off in dry conditions, and the sun made its presence felt, and at our first drink stop many of the walkers divested themselves of layers and t shirts were in evidence. Crossing fields and pasture land we encountered some very muddy tracks, which were bad on Sunday when the final recce was done, but with the overnight rain they were a challenge even to the most sure footed folk. Continue reading

Day riders

Last Monday 8 riders from M&L and O&A U3A’s set off from The Derby Arms to ride a circular route to Southport.  For some strange reason weather-wise Monday frequently tends to be the best day of the week and today was no exception.  In bright sunshine we cycled through Maghull, into Lunt and through to Crosby where we weaved our way through the Bank Holiday crowds.  Through Ainsdale and Freshfield we rode as the day grew warmer.  Our brew stop was at Wetherspoons where the half price offer and free refills proved a bargain.  From Southport we went our separate ways to complete this 42 mile ride.


August 24th    A coastal canter


For today’s ride, 12 Day Riders (14 actually as 2 just missed the start) from M&L and O&A U3A’s met to ride the Coastal Route to Banks and then inland to Croston.  It was good to welcome Ralph back into the fold following his summer training with  Phil’s crew. We set off in glorious weather and picked up a nice tail wind as we made our way through Ainsdale.  An added bonus was the current closure of part of the Coast Road to motor traffic.  This gave us the chance to pick up speed to Southport.  From Banks it was a sprint to our lunch stop at Sooty’s Garden Centre. Here the epicureans amongst us took full advantage of the half-price offer to carbo-load for our return journey through Croston and Ormskirk.  All returned safely from this 48 mile ride.  Next week meet at 1000hrs at The Derby Arms to ride to Ainsdale via Maghull.

We beat the rain!

Three of us from the Inbetweeners  (aka Pedal Pushers longer riders ) decided to have a quick ride around Aughton today as the forecast was poor. Setting off from Maghull we did a rural circuit through to Aughton then on to Town Green from where we had planned to cycle back to Maghull. However the weather was still fair, we had out cycled the black clouds, so we decided to add a little more on…then a little more before we pitched up at Halsall, stopping off at the Village Bakehouse for a very acceptable coffee. However this meant that we needed to retrace our route back to avoid all the canal bridges, where we met the inevitable headwind which blew at us all the way back through to Lydiate. Two hours after starting and with a nice 17 mile ride accomplished we just beat the rain! Thanks Ken for a good ride. see you next week.

WAMOT – Two Sundays !

What a difference a day makes to the Sunday strollers group.  Last Sunday (23rd) it was wet and miserable. This Sunday it was blue, cloudless skies and a full house of 21 walkers, strolling in the sun. 2.3 miles from Maghull station, along the canal to Brewery Lane, a turn around Balls Wood and back to the station.  All topped off with breakfast and coffee.

Unlike last Sunday, where we started in Lydiate, walked up to Town Green and back under dark, gloomy skies and an almost constant drizzle.

The good news is that both occasions brought out hardy, hearty and interesting company to drive away the Covid blues.  Here are some images from both walks.

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Have you signed up for the ‘1000 mile in September‘ challenge.  The idea is for our U3A  ‘Walk A Mile Or Two‘ walkers to aggregate there miles walked in September.  Can we get over the 1000 miles target together?  Contact Brenda McKenzie to add your miles.